By Claire Wanja
The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr. Fred Matiang’i has defended the inspection tours he been making in schools saying they provided him with an opportunity to know the state and environment in which teaching and learning took place.
Dr. Matiang’i noted that the inspections tour he makes was part of his mandate as Minister for Education.
Speaking on Wednesday when he visited Ngara Girls High School and later at Pangani Girls High School where he was the Chief Guest during the latter’s Speech and Prize Giving Day, Dr. Matiang’i said it was not possible a Minister for Education to provide the leadership the sector requires without visiting schools where the Education policy, standards and curricula are managed and implemented.
He was apparently responding critics of the policy the Minister adopted, immediately upon appointment to the education docket, of making surprise and scheduled visits to schools.
He said the visits had revealed to him the challenges of providing quality education in schools.
He said the tours had revealed to him the need to modernize, and expand infrastructure to take care of increased enrollment of students in secondary schools. He said many schools need to expand their dormitories, dining halls and classrooms, to meet demand for secondary education.
Dr. Matiang’i, however, noted that through the tours, he had also faced the problem of teacher absenteeism in classrooms when children ought to be receiving instruction inadequate number of textbooks available to learners.
He promised to continue going to schools saying that was part of the strategy to establish the challenges, constraints facing delivery of quality education.
At the same time, Dr. Matiang’i assured parents, teachers and other stakeholders that this year will have an examination process free from malpractices that marred administration of examination last year.
“The examination results will be credible and reliable,” Dr. Matiang’i assured saying the government had put in place measures that would curb cheating.
Earlier, the Managing Director of China Roads ad Bridge Corporation, Mr. John Lee, gave a Cheque worth Shs.2million to Ngara Girls High School, to help in the construction of a dining hall for students.
Present during the CS tour at Ngara included the area MP, Mr. Maina Kamanda, the Principal of the School, Mrs. Nancy Mutai while at Pangani; the CS was flanked by Director, Secondary and Tertiary Education, Mr. Robert Masese, the Director of Education Standards and Quality Assurance Council (ESQAC), Mr. Pius Mutisya, the area Regional Coordinator, M/s. Anne Ngetich and the School’s Principal, M/s Florence Ngarari.